During heavy storm seasons, your mobile home's roof can sustain a lot of damage. That damage can be from wind, rain, snow, or multiple elements at once. This kind of damage can lead to leaks and cause massive repairs to be necessary both inside and outside of the mobile home. Since there are many homeowners experiencing these same issues, scheduling a roofing repair may take time. Here are some tips for protecting your mobile home while you wait for your roofing repair contractor to repair your roof.

Cover the Inside Leak

One of the first steps you need to take is covering the leak on the inside of the home. Keep in mind that any leak that is coming from the outside can cause damage to the inside as well. For example, you may have an area showing a leak. If the ceiling caves in from that, it can cause much more damage beyond a roofing contractor's capabilities. By covering the leak on the inside, you can prevent further damage to the home while you wait for the outer roofing issues to be repaired.

Roofing Cement

A step you may initially take is to cover your roof with a tarp where the roofing damage is. This is a good step, but there is another one you should consider. Roofing cement is a temporary way you can mend the shingles or damage and help reduce the chance of further water damage to the roof, insulation, and wood underneath. The roofing cement comes in several varieties, with most being a simple spray-on or paint-on application. Place the cement on the area, tarp the area, and wait for the contractor. 

Remove Wet Insulation

If you notice that the insulation underneath the shingles or roofing damage is still wet, remove it as quickly as possible and cover the area. Remember that, with mobile homes, the roofing may not be as sturdy or well-built as with brick-and-mortar homes. Many ceilings are simply drywall with plywood or thin wood and a layer of insulation between the wood and the roofing materials. If the insulation is allowed to stay in place, it can cause mold and further water damage to the interior of your roof. 

Taking a few of the tips and using them for your roof can prevent further leaks and damage while you wait for your scheduled appointment. Your roofing repair contractor can assess the full damage when they arrive and let you know what steps you will have to take in order to fix the roof. Remember to consider what your roofing contractor offers as upgrades for your roof to prevent further damage to your mobile home during the next storm season.

To learn more, contact a roofing repair contractor.